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    Adam is the founder of BEEDOCS, an artisan software company that makes great timeline software for Mac OS X.

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Sneak Peek: What I'm Working On

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

On November 6, 2009 BEEDOCS presented at MILOfest, an annual conference for Mac loving lawyers.

During the presentation we showed this video...

We want to give you a sneak peek of the things we are working on and give you an opportunity to send us feedback and direct how these features are going.

Adam Behringer standing on beach

Let us know how you would use these features in your own work. We look forward to hearing from you!

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13 Comments:

Anonymous AnonymousDecember 02, 2009 8:59 PM

This is just tantalizing. So when will this be available? Truly exciting to see BeeDocs' responsiveness to the user community.

Blogger RapidblogDecember 03, 2009 2:13 AM

I really love the web-export feature. 3D Timeline has become intrinsic in my PhD research and I've been agonising over the best way to submit my research. With the web export submitting will be much easier, but also, any papers I publish off the back of it can also refer to a website. Great work!

Blogger DougDecember 04, 2009 8:29 PM

Adam,
REALLY love this direction regarding new features. I look forward to playing around with the upgrade(s) when available. BTW, I just got back from a 3 month deployment with the Canadian Navy, going from Victoria to Chile, with many stops in between. Having shot many small movies at each place, having a movie being played in each event would really put the whole trip into perspective for my family and friends.
Keep up the great work!

Anonymous AnonymousDecember 07, 2009 9:52 PM

The single most used source of data for timelines in civil court are emails. I'd like to see a way to drag and drop emails into the timeline. Or import an entire folder of them.

Blogger MarkDecember 12, 2009 2:23 AM

Really looks amazing! As a History teacher, the web export would be fantastic. We don't have Macs available in my classroom but the chance to host Timelines on the web would be amazing!

As the first comment asked, is there an approximation as to when this will be ready?

Thanks.

Blogger Adam BehringerDecember 12, 2009 7:13 AM

I am sorry that we are not able to estimate a shipping date yet for these features. It is very hard for me to predict how long development tasks will take.

The best policy for me is to only show the work that has been completed (like in this video) and avoid predictions on the work that hasn't been finished yet.

However, I can tell you that the release is not imminent. There is still much work to be done.

Anonymous AnonymousDecember 13, 2009 8:58 PM

While this is something you haven't covered in this video, I'd really love to put in a request for pre-human dates in future updates. As a geology/paleontology instructor, this piece of of software would be amazing for these fields.
I was discussing this with colleagues and we were so excited at the thought of being able to put the history of the Earth (or the Universe as one space scientist mentioned) into a beautiful time line for our lectures and conference presentations.
Please consider allowing dates to go back to at least 4.5 billion years (preferably to 14 billion years so we can cover the entire Universe).

Blogger Steven NgDecember 17, 2009 8:09 AM

Playing with the demo, I see this as a great project management tool - way better than a Gantt. While the Basecamp import is nice, there are a lot of other people using more powerful tools.

It would be cool if there was a simple XML import with a spec. This way you don't need to try and support every single vendor explicitly, but more advanced users can export projects from their respective tools matching the Timeline XML spec and create timelines.

It would be great to walk through the timeline and using the tagging feature in the video, be able to walk through milestones, showstoppers and other project timeline issues.

Anyways, looking forward to becoming a new customer with the next release. Nice work!

Anonymous AnonymousDecember 19, 2009 1:46 PM

Would like the opportunity to drag files and e-mails to the timelines as well as snippets of audio/video & clickable urls. This would be good for my Medical Critical Incident / Morbidity & Mortality presentations.

Blogger majlistauheedDecember 29, 2009 11:04 PM

Possible tweakable features in a future version
1. adjust transparency of each factoid in 3D mode
2. adjust thickness of timeline lines and introduce depth to the lines to make the lines themselves 3D.
3. introduce the ability to rotate factoid along the timeline axis so that when viewed in the 3D view, you can group items together along the same quadrant...three versions of events can be seen together to see how certain facts fit together when seen from one point of view...but not from the other point of view

Anonymous AnonymousJanuary 01, 2010 9:34 AM

As a homeschooler, I see so many applications for this program! I can't wait for the web feature. I'll be using this program for years... adding new parts to the timeline as my children learn them. Keep up the good work!

OpenID georgemcknightJanuary 06, 2010 5:39 AM

Tried viewing the movie at http://www.beedocs.com/movies/SneakPeek.php and I get the QuickTime missing icon (question mark over QuickTime logo).

Anonymous AnonymousJanuary 29, 2010 3:41 PM

Another useful feature to improve the quality and information-bearing capacity of the "factoids" would be the capability to edit and format text within them (instead of just the whole-box-at-once).

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